It’s a well-known fact that people are usually more extrovert and outspoken when they are under the influence of alcohol. Not only parties and events but alcohol have been the essence of so many lives these days because when people can’t talk about things when they’re sober, they do it really well when they are high. Alcohol slows down the reflexes and also makes you carefree.
As Charlie Chaplin said “A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.”
A recent study led by the researchers of two Universities namely Purdue University and the University of Missouri wherein 156 volunteers participated has figured out what alcohol actually does to our behaviour.
They conducted an experiment and a survey two weeks prior to the experiment. In the survey, they were asked to self assess the traits they associate with the drunk version of themselves and the sober version of themselves.
In the experiment, two random groups were made. One group was given vodka and sprite and while the other one was only given sprite. The group which was drinking alcohol were told to drink continuously as they were given various tasks to perform in between.
After the tasks were completed, the participants were asked to rate themselves. They all believed that they were more conscientious, extroverted, agreeable and more emotionally stable. However, the sober ones disagreed and said that there was not much difference in the behaviour of sober people and drunk people.
Rachel Winograd, one of the psychologist scientists who was working on the same project said,
“The team were surprised to see that the drunk participants had a completely different view of their behaviour than outside observers who only believed that they were more extroverted that was typical and did not think that they were being unusually disagreeable or careless when they were carrying out their appointed tasks.”